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Spring 2014

  • Chris Brandon and Ashley Williard were offered Instructional Technology Fellowships at Macaulay Honors College for the 2014-2015 year.
  • Stephanie Grace, Paul Fadoul, Eric Lynch, and Jasmine Narcisse have been awarded highly competitive Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowships. Learn more about this highly competitive award here.
  • Phillip Griffith received a research stipend for summer 2014 from the Center for the Humanities and Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative in support of his research on Hannah Weiner.
  • Phillip Griffith was awarded a Doctoral Student Research Grant to conduct research in the Hannah Weiner, Bernadette Mayer, and Jackson Mac Low papers at UC-San Diego's Mandeville Special Collections in June 2014.
  • Phillip Griffith became a member of the Editorial Committee of Shift: A Graduate Student Journal of Visual and Material Culture.
  • Phillip Griffith presented a paper, "Collaboration and Teleiopoesis: Present-ing Claude Cahun and Hannah Weiner," at the annual Critical Theory conference hosted by the Graduate Center's Comparative Literature program.
  • Fred Baitinger published "Banksy, Il faut douter de tout" (Graffiti Art Magazine n°20. janvier 2014).
  • Fred Baitinger published "Christopher Wool, Conscience et primitivité" (Graffiti Art Magazine n°20. janvier 2014).
  • Fred Baitinger published "Edwige Fouvry, Les beautés du spéculaire" (Magazine Artension n°123. Janvier-février 2014).

Fall 2013

  • Chris Clarke published a translation of Olivier Salon's "Les Stations du cri" in the December 2013 issue of 'Words Without Borders' dedicated to the Oulipo. For the same issue, he also collaborated on the translation of François Caradec's "Un coup de fil peut sauver une vie."
  • Fred Baitinger published Mark Jenkins, La rue mise en scène (Critères Editions. Collection Opus Délits n°36. 2013. p72. ISBN: 978-2-917829-83-).
  • Fred Baitinger published Belles de murs (Critères Editions. Collection Opus Délits n°11. 2012. p72. ISBN: 978-2-917829-27-1).
  • Fred Baitinger published "Pascal Vilcollet, Mémoire et figuration" (Magazine Artension n°121. septembre/octobre 2013).
  • Timothy E. Wilson published "Deaf Sexy: Crime and Disability in Read My Lips" (Different Bodies: Essays on Disability in Film and Television, ed. Marja Mogk).

Spring 2013

  • Fred Baitinger published "Jorge Queiroz, La folie consciente" (Magazine Artension n°120. juillet-aout 2013).
  • Fred Baitinger published "Que reste t-il du modèle américain ?" (Magazine Artension Hors Série n°11. Avril 2013).
  • Jacquelin Libby presented a paper entitled "The World in front of his House: Metonym in Albert Camus's Noces à Tipasa" at the Colloque International Albert Camus à Boise: "Topographie et Toponymie" on April 19, 2013.
  • Fred Baitinger published the translation "La diversification de la recherche en éthique animale et en études animales" (Ralph Acampora, Phaenex, revue de théorie et de culture existentialistes et phénoménologiques Volume 8, N°2, 2013).
  • Ashley Williard has won and accepted a highly competitive Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year. 
  • Laila Pedro has won and accepted a highly competitive Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • On April 7, Timothy E. Wilson presented a paper entitled "Gloubiboulga vs. Goldorak: Remaking Kids' TV in France, 1974-1984" at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • On April 6, Wilson Décembre presented a paper entitled "Unité et multiplicité dans Traversée de la mangrove de Maryse Condé" at the conference of the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d'Amérique held at New York University.
  • On April 5, Mariana Goycoechea presented a paper entitled "Les loas se créolisent": Haitians and the practice of Vodou in the Dominican Republic in Mayra Montero's The Red of His Shadow" at the conference of the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d'Amérique held at New York University.
  • Fred Baitinger published "Jackum Nordström, L'ombilic du rêve" (Magazine Artension n°118. mars-avril 2013).
  • On March 29, Eric Lynch presented a paper entitled "Une intention de pauvreté: The Utterance in Emmanuel Hocquard’s Poetry" at the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • On March 28, Chris Brandon presented a paper entitled "Spatially Traced: Marking Interaction with Kinetic and Media Poetry" at the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • On March 28, Phillip Griffith presented a paper entitled "“La grâce des choses fanées”: Spectral Materiality in Cyprien Gaillard’s Geographical Analogies" at the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • On March 28, Timothy E. Wilson presented a paper entitled "'Oh étrange, étrange naturel' : Michaux's Meidosems as Cognitive Map" at the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Chris Clarke published 27 previously untranslated exercises by Raymond Queneau in Exercises in Style, an expanded 65th anniversary edition released by New Directions in January, 2013.
  • Thomas Muzart presented a paper entitled « Jean Genet et le roman : une idiosyncrasie romanesque pour une idiosyncrasie identitaire » at the 2013 graduate conference by the Ph.D. Program in French, "Idiosyncrasy / Idiosyncrasie."

Fall 2012

  • Genevieve Waite presented a paper entitled "Transparent and Transgressive Bodies: The Physical, the Erotic, and Psychological Representations of Eunuchs in Montesquieu's Persian Letters at the CUNY Graduate Center Comparative Literature Conference "In Trans: Reading Between and Beyond."
  • Eric Lynch presented a paper entitled "Transmedia" at the CUNY Graduate Center Comparative Literature Conference "In Trans: Reading Between and Beyond."
  • Fred Baitinger published "Adrian Ghénie, Défiguration et réminiscences" (Magazine Artension n°116. novembre-décembre 2012).
  • Lisa Karakaya presented a paper entitled "Annie Ernaux's Ecriture plate: A Link Between Two Worlds" at the CUNY Graduate Center Comparative Literature Conference "In Trans: Reading Between and Beyond." 
  • Phillip Griffith presented a paper entitled "'Ma Suzanne': The Anamorphic Gaze in Works by Suzanne Doppelt and Anne Portugal" at the CUNY Graduate Center Comparative Literature Conference "In Trans: Reading Between and Beyond."
  • Tim Wilson presented a paper entitled "I Pump Therefore I Am: the Philosophical Stakes of Les Shadoks" at the Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference in October, 2012.
  • Fred Baitinger published Jadikan Lightning project, Territoires visuels (Critères Editions. Collection Opus Délits n°28. 2012. p72. ISBN: 978-2-917829-64-6).
  • Tim Wilson presented a paper entitled "A 31st Century Odyssey in 1980s France: the Case of Ulysse 31 at the 2012 Film & History Conference in September, 2012.

Spring 2012

  • Rebecca Linz has a paper publication forthcoming, entitled "France Théoret’s (Wo)Manipulation of Language,” in (In)Scribing Gender: International Women and the Creative Process, ed. Jen Bouchard (to be published March 2012 by Diversion Press).
  • Fred Baitinger published "Emile Morel, Le jardin des enfants cruels" (Magazine Artension n°114. juillet-aout 2012).
  • Tim Wilson presented a paper entitled "The With of Cinema: Valérie Massadian's Nana" in the CUNY Graduate Center Comparative Literature First Annual Critical Theory Graduate Conference on "Principles of Uncertainty" in May, 2012.
  • Laila Pedro presented her work on Glissant and Wifredo Lam in the CUNY Graduate Center Comparative Literature First Annual Critical Theory Graduate Conference on "Principles of Uncertainty" in May, 2012.
  • Fred Baitinger published the translation "Regarder Kim Jong-Il regarder des choses" (Marco Bohr, in Kim Jong-Il is looking at things. Paris : Jean Boite Edition, 2012). ISBN: 978-2-36568-002-8.
  • Tim Wilson presented a paper entitled "Putain de taré!: Negative Transgression in Albert Dupontel's Bernie" at the 2012 Brown University Equinoxes French Graduate Conference on "Transgressions" in April, 2012.
  • Frédéric Baitinger presented a paper in March 2012 entitled "Rire et transgression dans le roman Ma mère, de Georges Bataille" at a conference organized by Rutgers University (La fracture).
  • Genevieve Waite presented a paper entitled "Provocative, Perturbed and Addictive: Surrealism as Vice and Image in Aragon's Paris Peasant" at the Carolina Conference on Romance Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in March, 2012.
  • Laila Pedro presented on translating the poetics of Edouard Glissant and read from her new translation of his poem Le sel noir at the Annual Conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in Chicago, IL, February 29-March 3, 2012.
  • Laila Pedro and Phillip Griffith chaired the annual Graduate Conference of the French Prgram at CUNY, with a keynote address by Dr. Carrie Noland (in New York, NY) on February 24, 2012.
  • Stève Puig published an article entitled “Littérature-monde et littérature urbaine : deux manifestes, même combat ? ” in Nouvelles Francographies 2 :1 (2011) : 87-95.
  • Stève Puig presented a paper entitled “La littérature urbaine: un exemple de fracture postcoloniale” at the annual graduate student conference at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, NJ.
  • John Sorrentino presented a paper entitled "Imagining Madeleine" on the MLA 2012 panel entitled "The Feminine in André Gide's Life and Works," sponsored by the Association des Amis d'André Gide, Seattle, January 5-8, 2012.
  • Nicole Wallenbrock published a chapter entitled "An Apology for French Torturers: L'Ennemi intime (2007)" in the collection Cinema as Scaffold: Re-inscribing the tortured (Palgrave Macmillan, London).
  • Tim Wilson presented a paper entitled "Miasmes de mes noires pensées: Poetics as Historiography in Nour, 1947" at the Yale 2012 French graduate conference on "Ethics and Literature" in New Haven, CT on February 17, 2012.
  • Tim Wilson presented a paper entitled "Blackout in Bourkassa: Noiring Colonial Memory in Coup de torchon" at the 58th Society for French Historical Studies in Los Angeles, CA on March 23, 2012.

Fall 2011

  • Phillip Griffith published a translation of Saint-Évremond's "Sur les plaisirs" in Philosophical Forum 42.4 (2011).
  • Chadia Chambers-Samadi presented a paper at the 16th Annual student conference Seuls ensembles/Ensembles seuls at the  University of California in Los Angeles entitled: "Mémoires individuelles, mémoires collectives: le 17 octobre 1961."
  • In October 2011, Nicole Beth Wallenbrock published the article "Mon Colonel: Awakening from the Algerian War" in The French Review (85.1).
  • Steve Puig published an article entitled "Du roman beur au roman urbain : de L’intégration d’Azouz Begag à Désintégration d’Ahmed Djouder" in Ilaria Vitali (dir.), Intrangers (tome II). Littérature beur, de l'écriture à la traduction. Editions Academia, collection "Sefar", 2011.
  • Rebecca Linz published “Visions of Masculinity in Suzanne Jacob’s Novels” (a translation of “L’imaginaire masculin dans les romans de Suzanne Jacob” by Aleksandra Grzybowska) in Masculinities in Twentieth-and Twenty-first Century French and Francophone Literature, ed. Edith Vandervoot (2011 Cambridge Scholars Publishing).

Spring 2011


  • In April 2011 Laila Pedro presented a paper entitled, Evolving corpus: The transformation of the figurative in Wifredo Lam 1942-1950 at the International Conference on Body Image and Identity, jointly organized by The Office of the University Dean for Health and Human Services, CUNY, and the Pandora research group of the Centre de Recherches Psychanalyse, Médecine et Société, Université Paris-Diderot, France.
  • Stève Puig presented a paper at the 126th MLA convention in Los Angeles (Jan 5-Jan 9) at a panel entitled "Teaching Frenchness: The Classroom in Francophone Literature and Film". The title of his presentation was: "From Le Gone du Chaâba to Entre les murs: Assimilation and Resistance in the French Classroom". He also published an interview with French writer Mabrouck Rachedi in the French Review (February 2011 - Volume 84.3).
  • Fred Baitinger published Anne Brunet (Galerie 13. Jeannette Mariani Editions. 2010. p.100 ISBN: 978-2-9537930-0-0).
  • Chadia Chambers-Samadi presented a paper at the Ecole des hautes Etudes des Sciences Sociales in Paris entitled "Mémoire(s) Collective(s): le 17 octobre 1961 dans le texte contemporain."
  • Rebecca Linz presented a paper entitled "Cruel Mothers During the Grande Noirceur period in Quebec" at the Northeastern Modern Language Association conference  in New Brunswick, New Jersey (April 9, 2011).

Fall 2010


  • Nelly Saint Maurice presented a paper entitled "Quatre mots pour définir le théâtre d'Antonin Artaud: Sensibilité, force, surprenants alliages et précision" at the 2010 Colloque de la Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d'Amérique (SPFFA), held at Fordham University, October 29-30, 2010.
  • Desmond Hosford has published his article, "Uneasy Anthropocentrism: Cartesianism and the Ethics of Species Differentiation in Seventeenth-Century France" in JAC: Rhetoric, Writing, Culture, Politics 30.3–4 (2010): 711–34.
  • Desmond Hosford and Chong J. Wojtkowski have published their collection of essays, French Orientalism: Culture, Politics, and the Imagined Other (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010).
  • Desmond Hosford has published his essay, "'Regnorum Ruina': Cleopatra and the Oriental Menace in Early French Tragedy" in French Orientalism: Culture, Politics, and the Imagined Other, ed. Desmond Hosford and Chong J. Wojtkowski (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010), 23–47.
  • Lynn Karam has published her essay, "One Woman Writes An(Other): A Western Gaze on the Oriental Other in Mme de Villedieu's Mémoires du Sérrail sous Amurat II in French Orientalism: Culture, Politics, and the Imagined Other, ed. Desmond Hosford and Chong J. Wojtkowski (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010), 48–70.
  • Chong J. Wojtkowski has published her essay, "'Cette France du Sous-Sol'" Otherness in Karim Dridi's Khamsa in French Orientalism: Culture, Politics, and the Imagined Other, ed. Desmond Hosford and Chong J. Wojtkowski (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010), 221–238.
  • Tim Wilson presented a paper entitled "Deaf Sexy: Crime, Love, and the Denial of Deafness in Read My Lips" at the 2010 Film & History Conference in November, 2010.

Spring 2010


  • Laila Pedro presented a paper entitled "Framing Fragmenting Figures: Implied Bodies and Différance in Three Paintings of Wifredo Lam" at Bodies, the 12th Annual Comparative Literature Conference at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Laila also presented a paper at the Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill entitled "(Im)Mutable Dance: Melting Boundaries Around the Represented Body of Salomé."
  • Desmond Hosford has been named director of the Institute for French and Francophone Musical Culture at the CUNY Graduate Center. The Institute will be housed at the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation and will launch later this year.
  • Lauren Donaldson presented a paper entitled "[En]gendering Chocolate Consumption: Representations of Ambivalent Effects on 17th-Century Women" at the "Consumption: Pleasures of the Text, Materiality, and Cultural Practices" colloquium presented by the French Graduate Student Association of Columbia University.
  • Tim Wilson presented a paper entitled "There's Money Ingenius: A Look at the Commercialization of French Auteur Cinema" at the Graduate Center French Department Graduate Student Conference "Marginaliser le(s) centre(s)" on February 5th.
  • Desmond Hosford has published an article, "Anthropomorphic Terror: The Bête-Machine, the Ballet de Cour, and the Tragédie en Musique" in Music and Art: International Journal for Music Iconography XXXIV 1–2 (spring–fall 2009), 21–31.

Fall 2009


  • Laila Pedro presented a paper entitled "Impossible Bodies: Poetics of Difference in Julian del Casal" at "Rethinking the Mangrove: Second Symposium of Critical Practices of Caribbean Cultural Studies" held at the University of Puerto Rico in October of 2009.
  • Steve Puig presented a paper entitled "Enfermés dehors : représentations de la banlieue dans les romans de Rachid Djaïdani" at the «Urbanités littéraires / Cityscapes - Literary Escapes » colloquium which was held in Buffalo, NY, on 10-13 September, 2009. He is also a featured contributor to Respect Mag, a magazine dedicated to contemporary urban culture in France.

Spring 2009


  • Desmond Hosford and Charles Wrightington have published their volume, Fortune & Fatality: Performing the Tragic in Early Modern France (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008).

Fall 2008



  • Rebecca Linz presented a paper entitled "Pour Gagner sa vie: Daughters' Choices in Literary Texts of Quebec" at the 2008 ACQS (American Council for Quebec Studies) conference in Quebec City.  She was able to participate in this conference thanks to funding received from the Doctoral Student Research Grant program at the Graduate Center.
  • Desmond Hosford, Lynn Karam, and Chong Wojtkowski co-chaired and moderated the PhD Program in French's annual Student Conference on November 21. This year's conference theme was "Policing Sexuality: Exploitation, Resistance and Censorship in French and Francophone Culture."
  • Steve Puig published two articles: “Léon-Gontran Damas et les écrivains de la Harlem Renaissance : une négritude transatlantique” in the journal L’arbre à palabres 22, Autumn 2008, and an interview with Mohamed Razane in Expressions maghrébines vol. 7, n° 1, summer 2008 on "beur literature".

Spring 2008


  • The Student Conference Committee is pleased to announce the theme of its annual student conference, to be held at the Graduate Center on November 21, 2008. 
  • Desmond Hosford presented his paper “Antrhopomorphic Terror: The Bête-Machine, the Ballet de Cour, and the Tragédie en Musique” at the conference “Music, Body, and Stage: The Iconography of Music Theater and Opera” held by the Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale on 11-14 March.

Fall 2007


  • Stève Puig published an article entitled "Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis de Louis-Philippe Dalembert : une émancipation littéraire ?" in Nouvelles Francographies (Winter 2007) and on November 30, he presented a paper entitled "Leon-Gontran Damas et les ecrivains de la Harlem Renaissance" at the Leon-Gontran Damas symposium in Cayenne, French Guyana.
  • On November 30, John Sorrentino presented at the CUNY IT Conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on a panel titled "Using Wikis for Interdisciplinary Research." He discussed the pedagogical impact of wiki technology as it is integrated into Honors College Seminars. The presentation represents John's work as an Instructional Technology Fellow at the Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College.
  • Desmond Hosford has published the articles “Marie-Antoinette,” “Opera,” and “Royalty, Queered” in the Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, ed. Fedwa Malti-Douglas (Macmillan Reference, 2007).
  • Sophie Maríñez received the 2007 CUNY Doctoral Research Grant as well as the Marandon Fellowship granted by the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique (SPFFA) to conduct research in France on the castles and writings of Mlle de Montpensier. She is also a recipient of the 2007-2008 Carole & Morton Olshan Dissertation Fellowship granted by the Graduate Center.
  • Chong J. Wojtkowski presented a paper entitled, "Whose gaze is it anyway? Alienation, identity, and the (female) spectator" at the Alienation and alterity: Otherness in modern contemporary Francophone Contexts colloquium. The colloquium was held at the University of Exeter, in Exeter, United Kingdom, 4-6 September 2007.

Spring 2007


  • Stève Puig presented a paper entitled, "Rachid Djaïdani: une poétique de la banlieue" at the 20th/21st century French and Francophone studies colloquium in College Station, TX which took place on March 22-24. He is also a contributor for the Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion published by Greenwood in January 2007.
  • Thanks to her Graduate Research Grant, in January 2007 Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly led interviews in France on spectators' as well as film professionals' perception of film titles. The result of this fieldwork is part of her dissertation. In addition, this summer, Noelle will return to teach at Bennington College's MATSL (Master's in Teaching a Second Language) Program. She will be responsible for the pedagogy component of the course: "Language and Pedagogy: Resistance(s)" which will focus on the French Resistance and the pedagogical notion of understanding.
  • Chong Wojtkowski has published an article entitled, "100 % Marseillais: Marseille Rap and Defining Difference" in Initiales/Initials (Volume 21, 2006).
  • Several students participated in the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, held in Baltimore, Maryland, March 1-4, 2007.
    Stève Puig presented a paper entitled, "Une identite caribéenne en mouvement: le "vagabondage" de Louis-Philippe Dalembert comme pratique littéraire" at the panel entitled "From Negritude de Creolization."
    Noelle-Rouxel Cubberly presented a paper at the "Gender and Spectatorship in Contemporary French Cinema" panel. Her presentation was entitled "Un Air de famille: les titres de Claire Denis, Nicole Garcia, et Agnès Jaoui."
    Chong Wojtkowski and Sophie Saint-Just both presented at the panel entitled "A Paradox of Identities: Reading Difference in French Fiction and Film."
    Chong's presentation was entitled, "Le parler phocéen: Linguistic Difference in the local speech of Marseille."
    Sophie presented a paper entitled, "Marginalized and Liberating Paradigms of French Caribbean Difference."